Savage tick-clone armies are sucking cows to death; experts fear for humans

Scary arachnid is fat.

Enlarge / Engorged
Haemaphysalis longicornis female tick. (credit:
Commonsource
)

Ravenous swarms of cloned ticks
have killed a fifth cow in North Carolina by
exsanguination
—that is, by draining it of blood—the
state’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services warned
this week.

Experts fear that the bloodthirsty throngs, which were
first noticed in the United States in 2017
, will continue their
rampage, siphoning life out of animals and eventually transmitting
diseases, potentially deadly ones, to humans.

Just last month, infectious disease researchers in New York
reported
the first case of the tick species biting a human in the US
.
The finding was “unsurprising” given the tick’s ferocious
nature, according to Dr. Bobbi S. Pritt, director of the Clinical
Parasitology Laboratory in Mayo Clinic. And it’s “extremely
worrisome for several reasons
,” she wrote in a commentary for
the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

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Savage tick-clone armies are sucking cows to death; experts fear for humans